Capturing the Demographic Dividend in Pakistan

Edited by Zeba A. Sathar, Rabbi Royan,  and John Bongaarts

A pdf version of the book is available at the  following url

According to Prof. David Bloom, this book brings together many ideas that have been discussed for some time in Pakistan and around the world. The compelling path forward it lays out, which entails extensive development of education and major efforts in the reproductive health arena, offers an inviting and highly achievable means for shaping and harnessing Pakistan’s growing population in a way that promotes inclusive economic development. As such, this book can be considered part of a blueprint for development in Pakistan.

This book is a joint attempt by the Population Council, and the United Nations Population Fund and is worth reading as well as being a tremendous addition to the list of reference books.  Its author Dr Zeba Sathar has injected life in it through hard work, comprehensive research, and commitment to the cause, to let the readers know that there is strong linkages between population growth and social sector problems like health, education, labour force, employment etc.  This book is a valuable contribution to create awareness that unchecked population growth might prove a disaster for Pakistan.  In a couple of decades, the population of Pakistan will rise to 300 million. With progress in social sectors, and employment opportunities growing at a slower pace than anticipated the country will be under enormous  demographic pressure.


Foreword (PDF; 1.8MB)

David E. Bloom

Chapter 1: Overview: The Population of Pakistan Today
Rabbi Royan, Zeba A. Sathar

Chapter 2: Population Trends in Pakistan (PDF: 4.0MB)
John Bongaarts, Zeba A. Sathar, Arshad Mahmood

Chapter 3: Education and Population: Closely Linked Trajectories for Pakistan (PDF: 5.0MB)
Asir Wazir, Anne Goujon, Wolfgang Lutz

Chapter 4: Why Has Pakistan Not Reaped Its Demographic Dividend? (PDF: 3.9MB)
Rashid Amjad

Chapter 5: Population and Poverty Dynamics in Rural Pakistan: Evidence from the Longitudinal Household Survey (PDF: 2.2MB)
G.M. Arif

Chapter 6: Meeting the Challenge of Demographic Change through Equitable Development (PDF: 2.3MB)
Akmal Hussain

Chapter 7: What Hampers Population Policy in Pakistan? The Crossroads of Women’s Empowerment and Development Agendas (PDF: 1.8MB)
Saba Gul Khattak

Chapter 8: Policies for Capturing the Demographic Dividend in Pakistan (PDF: 2.2MB)
John Bongaarts, Ali Mohammad Mir, Arshad Mahmood

Chapter 9: Conclusions (PDF: 1.5MB)
Zeba Sathar, Rabbi Royan

References (PDF: 1.6MB)

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